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Breeders' Cup 2017

Ramseys Set Keeneland Fall Record

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On Sunday, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey recorded their 13th victory of the Keeneland fall meet when their homebred Captain Cook scored a front-running four-length victory in the 10th and final race. With the performance, the Ramseys broke the record for most wins by an owner during the fall meet that they reached in 2012 and shared with Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roberts (1968).

Among the Ramseys’ 13 wins are three stakes: Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Wee Miss Artie; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Kitten’s Dumplings; and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) with Kitten Kaboodle.

With four days remaining in the season, the Ramseys have multiple chances to extend their lead as leading owner. They have four horses entered Wednesday and six horses entered in five races on Thursday.

The Ramseys’ 25 victories during the 2013 Keeneland spring meet smashed the previous record of 12 wins. They are on pace this fall to win or share the leading owner title at Keeneland for the 13th time, which would put them just one behind T.A. Grissom’s record 14 meet titles.

The Ramseys have won outright or shared six spring meet owner titles (2004, 2006, 2010-13) and six fall meet titles (2000, 2002, 2007-09, 2012).

Two-time Eclipse Award recipients as outstanding owners, the Ramseys are the year’s leading owners by earnings with $10,797,599. They already have won six meet titles nationally this year: Gulfstream (winter, 43 wins), Keeneland (spring, 25), Churchill Downs (spring, 32), Saratoga (summer, 22), Kentucky Downs (September, 9) and Churchill (September, 6).

Meanwhile, the leading trainer title at Keeneland appears to be firmly in the grasp of Mike Maker, who has 11 victories. Graham Motion and Wesley Ward are tied for second with five wins each. Maker won the leading trainer title in the spring with an all-time Keeneland meet record 25 wins. He also was the leading trainer during Keeneland’s 2008 fall meet with nine wins.

The race for leading rider is, well, a horse race.

Rosie Napravnik holds a 10-9 advantage on Joe Rocco Jr., with Alan Garcia lurking in third place with eight victories. Napravnik and Rocco are named on five mounts Wednesday with Garcia named on three. None of the three jockeys has won a Keeneland riding title.

Maker and Napravnik have teamed to win six races from 22 starts.

 

 

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